Mini-Memorials

,,,,,,…love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”

On these pages are beloved MSRH Minis gone from our lives, but forever cherished in our hearts and memories.  Each had a story, all were loved.

 

If you have a MSRH rescued mini you would like to add to our page, please send pictures, dates and a short bio (ideally 250 words or less) to webmaster@msrh.org.

In Loving Memory of Bret - January 2009 - September 2022
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Bret and his litter brother Bart were introduced to me in 2010 as fosters.  However, after a few months I knew I was not going to be able to separate them nor give them up so I adopted them.  Bret was a little gentleman.  He loved long walks, preferably a good run.  He loved to patrol the yard to ensure we didn't have any lizards, squirrels, cats nor opossums.  He enjoyed sitting back and supervising while I did yard work.  Sunbathing was a favorite of his.  He was a brave little man with a charming personality. He is missed not only by me but definitely by his brother.  I thank him for giving me so much in those 12 years.  Thank you, Karen, for bring Bret into my life.  

 


~ Chris Guzman

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In Loving Memory of Grady Ramer - February 22, 2022   
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We adopted Grady (Logan) from MSRH in 2008.  He was welcomed to our family by his sister, Sadie, the Miniature Dachshund.  They snuggled all the way home from Houston between us in the car!  They bonded right away!  Grady was a “runner” from the beginning, which is probably how he ended up lost, and saved by MSRH in the first place.  We had to keep extra watch on him, because he was very nervous and if he got scared, he ran!  He stayed nervous, but settled down into our home, our family and our hearts so quickly!  He and his sister traveled with us everywhere!  They were great travel/ camping buddies.  When we were all together, Grady was most contented.  He was a very sweet and loving boy.  Sadie crossed the Rainbow Bridge 12-9-21 and Grady followed 2-2-22.  We miss them both so very much,  but are so thankful for the time we got to spend with them both!  Thank you MSRH for helping us find this special part of our heart we didn’t know was missing!

In Loving Memory of Max - July 26, 2004 - April 28, 2022   
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    Max brought joy to our lives beginning the day we adopted him on December 8, 2007. Max (Dugan was his name when we picked him up), ran and jumped in my husband’s arms, put his paws on his shoulders, and laid his head in the crook of my husband’s neck; we knew then God was placing this special dog in our care. Max never met a stranger and was loved by everyone who met him. He always had a big smile for everyone, and loved life. He was here to welcome all our grandkids into this world.  Max was a natural babysitter, loved slumber parties, and loved to shared his bed to watch TV with all of them.  Max had also played a part in both our son’s weddings.

    He was also the constant guardian and companion while during my (Ullrich) chemo and never left my bedside.  He would watch me all day until relieved by Nova.  He never left my side for three, thirty-week sessions.

    Max has traveled from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans, from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada. He ate Beignets at midnight in Jackson Square and had a smile for those on Bourbon Street. He roamed the mountains in Oregon, and loved the streets of Key West and Hot Springs Arkansas. He rode with us constantly across America.

    Max went home to his reward just a shy of his 18th birthday. He will live forever in the hearts of those who met him. God made Max a gift to many and we will be forever blessed for all the joy, love, and laughter he brought into our lives and those whom he touched.  Max was truly an extraordinary dog. There are no words to express what an impact Max had on our lives and all those whom met him. We will see you in heaven our faithful and trusted buddy.

 

~Ullrich and Nova Stippel

In Loving Memory of Ledger - May 1, 2022    
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I adopted Ledger 8 years ago and he proved to be the best and sweetest companion. He was a very chill dog and would let me hold him in any way, brush his teeth and groom him without complaint! Ledger loved getting as many people to pet him at parties and winning over those "non-dog" people. He was never into licking faces or playing fetch, but he was so happy being around humans and getting attention. 

   Ledger was a goofy dog who loved to stare, play chase, and explore. I miss his 5pm hopping around, signaling it was time to play hide-and-seek and chase him. He got so excited for car rides and dog parks, so we tried to go to as many adventures as possible. He even flew cross country twice without a bark or an accident. Ledger loved being carried in a backpack on hikes and would even start falling asleep! I miss having my furry and calm travel companion with me. 

   Ledger's heart was too big for this world. After being on heart meds for over a year, he passed away on May 1, 2022. 

I will always love my baby boy Ledger and can take comfort knowing that everyone thought he was extremely spoiled! I miss him a tremendous amount and I am grateful he entered my life. 

A piece of my heart will always be reserved for my baby boy "Ledgy" ~ Valessy Spratly

In Loving Memory of Ronny - August 5, 2022 
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Ronny was my world for 10 fleeting years. He was a lover who always wanted to see what was around the next corner, or through the next fence slats. In his earlier years, he taught me a lot about how to keep "a runner" safe. In his later years, he taught me a lot about how to care for my best friend in old age.

   He loved to chase squirrels and smell the wind in my uncle's yard, and for years we went on daily long walks together. After he was attacked by a dog, no matter what we tried he did not feel safe walking any more. I don't blame him, it was tough. Finally I bought him a stroller so that he could enjoy walks without the stress, and seeing him smile and really love those walks will always be some of my fondest memories of him.

   Thank you Ronny, for all the love and joy that you brought into my life. I'm planning a fundraiser to benefit MSRH in Nov 2022 in your honor, so that more people can find their Ronnys too. 

Love you always bear,

Sharon Rice

In Loving Memory of Barney Sennet October 2013 - June 3, 2022
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When Barney came into our lives in October 2016, we had no idea how much he would touch our lives and everyone that met him.  Barney was quiet and reserved for a long time.  But, when he realized this was his forever home, he just blossomed.  He was loving, funny and yes, hilarius.  He talked and mimicked whoever talked to him.  And, the more we laughed at him, the more he would pour it on.

We will love and miss Barney forever.  Gone way too soon, but we cherish every minute we spent with him. 

We are forever grateful to MSRH for allowing us to know and love this fine, sweet boy.  My husband has always said, "He is the gift that keeps on giving".   

~ Dan & Brenda Sennet

In Loving Memory of Wilson - July 13, 2022
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It is with a sad and broken heart that I write that Wilson Olivo crossed the Rainbow Bridge in the early morning hours of July 13, 2022. Wilson was rescued through MSRH and on March 15, 2018 he found his Forever Home. Wilson loved car rides and pup cups. He was the perfect dog and we knew the moment we picked him up that he was going to have an amazing life. Wilson came into our lives with perfect timing, and gave us the best 4 1/2 yrs of his life. His love, affection, and presence will be extremely missed. We are thankful he grew old with us and he was 16 yrs old upon his passing.

Wilson, thank you for all the joy, love, and happiness that you brought to our family.  Things will never be the same without you.  Not a day or night goes by that we don't think of you.  We love you and you are in our hearts forever. 

Thank you MSRH for giving us the priceless love of a Schnauzer and unforgettable memories.

Love, 

Mimi, Marcus, and the entire Olivo Family

In Loving Memory of Gaupo - June 16, 2022    
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Guapo was five years old when I adopted him from MSRH and we cherished him for the next 12 years.  Whenever he was not chasing squirrels (and unfortunately, he caught quite a few) or on his treasured walks, he was a cuddle bug.  And, if he couldn't be on a lap, he was always just a few feet away.  We lost Guapo to renal failure on June 16, 2022.  We will always miss his spunky energy and sweet presence.

 

~ Carrie Gillespie and Richard Hinkley

In Loving Memory of Rita - March 10, 2022    
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Our sweet Rita crossed the rainbow bridge on March 10, 2022. She was found alone, running the streets of Alvin and we adopted her from MSRH on May 4, 2016. She was never alone again. She loved chasing and catching squirrels, one of which she brought to us ALIVE through the doggy door! We managed to get it before she let it go in our house!

 

She has now entered Schnauzer Heaven, greeted by our other 4 Schnauzers. We loved her dearly.

 

~ Al and Marinell Mendoza

In Loving Memory of Freddy -  May 1, 2022
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It is with a broken heart that I write this memorial. We adopted Freddy, a 12 year-old salt and pepper Miniature Schnauzer from MSRH this past August. On May 1st he lost his battle with congestive heart failure. We were awaiting our much anticipated appointment with the cardiologist when he took a turn for the worst. We are heart broken to say the least. He fit in so perfectly with our family from the very beginning. It was easy, he was in charge and we all knew it. He was a true joy and loved our children. We may have only been his family for 8 months but we spoiled him with lots of love and kisses. And he spoiled us right back.

Rest in peace Freddy.   We love you!

~ The Tunink Family

In Loving Memory of Corbin - January, 2022
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Corbin Randal Thigpen- He gave the sweetest kisses . He was my buddy, my patio partner and my shadow.  He managed to always keep my husband warm at night but he always watched where I went.  Our hearts broke when he went over the rainbow bridge on 1/6/2022. He was almost 14 years old. We adopted him and Darby from MSRH in 2009. We could never figure out why anyone would have given these loving creatures up for adoption, but we were so thankful to have been Corbin's parents. They ruled the house and loved chasing the squirrels, ducks or just hanging out "in" the doggy door. He was our "White Knight". Darby, Randy and I miss our precious Corbin daily and the house is empty without his songs, barks and playful runs through the rooms.

~Janice and Randy Thigpen

In Loving Memory of Kenny - March, 2022
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When we decided we wanted to get another schnauzer, we immediately went to MSRH. This new pup would be a great companion to our other schnauzer, Jake. Kenny and Jake became buddies.  We traveled to the foster home and were amazed to find so many beautiful schnauzers. While we talked to the foster "Mom," these numerous examples of four-legged ids played and ran around the house .. all but one.  His name was Kenny and he hung out in the living room while we discussed the process of adoption.  After about 30 minutes of staring at us, he jumped unto the couch, crawled up next to me and leaned over on my thigh with his elbow. Just as comfortable as you please, only looking up at me occasionally as I talked.  There was an immediate connection, he had chosen me.

Over the next 10 years, he was my canine companion. We took many, many walks. He would always sit at my side in the same fashion he had that first day.  After every business trip, I would return home only to be serenaded by a howling scolding which turned into a happy song.  If dogs sing when happy, that is what it sounded like. I hope he knew how much I loved him, because I know that he loved me.  Kenny, you are reunited with your buddy Jake again, play and wrestle till we see you again.  Kenny lived to be 16.  We will always be thankful to MSRH for putting us together.  Thank you for letting us remember him one more time.

~ Tom and Cyndi Vanover

In Loving Memory of Griffin - February 27, 2022
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Griffin Strapac passed into heaven on Sunday, the 27th  about 12:15 pm. aided by the Lap of Love.  We met Griffin in 2010 and secured his official adoption in 2011. Griffin was 14+ years and secured his place in our hearts then and forever. We miss him beyond compare to anything else right now. We probably will continue to see him everywhere as we were a 24/7 family at home and in travel to other places.  Griffin was truly a precious guy to us and we can't thank you enough for being here so that he could find us. He is irreplaceable as he was one of a kind to us. We wish you all the best in your special service to us mere mortal folk who need to develop in all of humanity the unconditional love and devotion that we receive from our beloved pets.   

~ Ellen & John Strapac

In Loving Memory of Maggie Renee - January 21,2022
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We fostered Maggie when she came out of a shelter and immediately knew she was going to be hard to place because she was a biter.  We believed that someone had abused her terribly.  Each time we would reach out to pet her she would hunch down expecting to get hit with something.  She also would come after anyone who touched her around the neck.  We got bitten several times and almost every day I would whisper to her that no one was ever going to hurt her again.  Finally, after 8 years she seemed to like being loved, but she was still hesitant to let anyone get close.  Maggie was a beautiful Schnauzer, and we will miss her every day.  After a long time, she got where she would sit in my lap for short times and loved having her ears rubbed, but she never totally relaxed.  Maggie was 15 and a half years old when she left us.  She had not eaten in several days and was very weak and frail, but she would still try to get up and go outside.  We slept together, her in her little bed and me on the floor that last night and it was very hard to say goodbye.  Run free and be happy, Maggie.

 

We love and miss you.

~Sandra & Don Plunk

In Loving Memory of Sammy - January 5, 2022
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We are absolutely heartbroken to share that our beloved schnauzer Sammy died at age 11 following a courageous fight against gastrointestinal lymphoma and splenic hemangiosarcoma. Sammy was adopted from MSRH in November of 2012 and has been at the heart of our family for the past decade. He leaves behind a grieving family that adored him completely. Sammy had the most gentle temperament and loved spending time with his humans; his greatest joy was going to the park and exploring the trail with his sisters. We walked with our Sammo almost every day; over the course of our time with him, we estimate that we took over 3,200 strolls together. Sammy had many wonderful qualities, but what we will remember most about him is how much he loved his family.

In the last few months of his life, Sam continued to travel, play, and have fun. He lived life to the fullest even amidst numerous medical procedures and chemotherapy every week.

Sam, you were such a wonderful companion and we are so lucky that we got to share our lives with you. Thank you for all the joy, love, and laughter that you brought to our family. You chose us and for that, we owe you everything. Our house just isn’t the same without you. We love and miss you so much, and we are tugging on the “Invisible Leash” that connects us every day.

With love 

~ Mom, Dad, Avery & Emily

The Eng Family

In Loving Memory of Marley - December 27, 2021
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Marley, our fun, loving and mischievous, boy crossed the rainbow bridge on December 27, 2021.

 

We remember the day you walked into our lives.  Eyes bright, tail wagging and ears standing up.  That was the day we knew you were ours.

 

We walk through the house, and we think of you.  We think of you morning and night.  Marley, you were very special.  

 

The paw prints you left in the garden will fade, but you will remain forever in our hearts.  

Rest In Peace, sweet boy
~ Joan & Steven Felix

In Loving Memory of Freddie - December 23, 2021
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Freddie passed away peacefully from heart failure on December 23, 2021 at 13 years old.

 

Freddie was adopted on April 29, 2017 and quickly became a special member of our family.  We knew immediately that we were to be his mom and dad. Freddie had so many hobbies -- playing with his sister, Zoe, and encouraging his brother, Sam, to come in through the doggy door. He loved to roll on his back and kick his paws in the air in pure delight and in the middle of the night he would get his squeaky snake and make all kinds of noise.  He was our happy boy. He loved car rides, cuddles, eating carrots and chicken, but most importantly, he loved being loved which was easy to do.

Freddie will forever be in our hearts and we will miss him greatly.  We are thankful for the time we had with Freddie and the joy that he brought to our family.

Rest in Peace, Sweet Freddie.

~ Karen Arbuckle & John Legros

In Loving Memory of Jasper - October 22, 2021
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Jasper Remmert crossed the Rainbow Bridge to be with his sister Lulu on October 22, 2021. He was a blessing who brought love, fun, joy and happiness to his home.  He will be missed forever.

~ Susan Remmert

In Loving Memory of Brian - October 20, 2021
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We adopted Brian in summer 2015, we were told he was found wandering the streets and had heart worms. He was already 6 years old when we adopted him, but Brian was the perfect dog and even though we enjoyed his unconditional company for only over six years we are so glad to had had him and had loved him. Brian we will miss you. You changed our life for the best and forever.

~ M. Eugenia Coraspe

In Loving Memory of Aggie - October 1, 2021
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Aggie came to MSRH in early November 2006. She was pulled from the Harris County shelter and was given the name of Jenny Lyn. On November 19, 2006, my husband Dennis adopted her. She was aged at about two years. She was a funny, fun, head-strong Schnauzer who loved all people and dogs. Over the course of her life with us, she saw the comings and passing of 11 other Schnauzers that were adopted into our family and countless others that we fostered. Her passing has left a huge hole in our hearts but she gave us every sign that she was ready to go. She will be so missed! Our hearts are broken but we remain hopeful that we will one day be united with her.

Rest In Peace, sweet girl
~ Lisa & Dennis Conley

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In Loving Memory of Elliott - September 10, 2021
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We adopted our sweet Elliott from you in December, 2011.  He unexpectedly and suddenly crossed the rainbow bridge on Friday evening, 9/10/21. Elliott came from the Harlingen animal control and he loved the beach. He died suddenly while we were visiting South Padre Island. He enjoyed a walk on the beach that morning and spent a large part of that day looking out the window at the ocean. We are heartbroken and looking for answers but take peace in that he was with all of his  family and at his happiest place on earth. Thank you for rescuing and sharing this precious soul with us.

With Love,
Jana Shardonofsky

In Loving Memory of Blackjack - August 25, 2021

We received a call from Lisa (MSRH) in June 2015, about a special little boy she wanted us to meet.  Shortly thereafter, we arranged a meeting with Brenda (MSRH) and Blackjack.  And we knew immediately this was the one.  Our hearts were instantly touched.  From the moment we brought him home, we realized that Blackjack was indeed special.  It was almost like he had a window to his heart that allowed you to see inside.  He had so much love to give.

 

Blackjack was such a joy.  He loved to play with his toys, go for rides to get ice cream treats, and cuddle with his humans.  His hair was soft like silk, just yearning to be caressed.  His ears were tender and always available for rubbing.  He was our constant shadow and sharer of the covers.  He made our home complete.

 

Larry lost his mom to cancer in December.  And prior to her diagnosis, Blackjack would keenly smell her and affectionately lick at her when she would come to visit.  It was almost like he could sense something was wrong.  Unfortunately, we had no idea what he was trying to tell us at the time.  But we have no doubt that he knew.

 

Sadly, Blackjack’s affectionate heart had a murmur.  And it started to take its toll earlier this year.  Our little buddy’s health started to decline rapidly.  But he fought courageously until the very end.  With tears running down our cheeks, he passed away peacefully in our arms on August 25, 2021.  He was 12 ½ years old.

 

We miss you so much, Blackjack.  Keep Mom company until we meet again…

Love,

Larry & Jo Ann Brem

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In Loving Memory of Tucker Armendinger
August 23, 2021

On August 21st, we said goodbye to a beloved family member, Tucker. He was 16-1/2 years old.

As a rescue dog who beat the odds, he had an amazing life that took him on many great adventures.  “T” gave us so much joy and happiness over the years. We were so lucky to have had him in our lives. He was feisty, scrappy and full of self-esteem -- a German Shepherd in a mini schnauzer’s body.

Tucker was the December Calendar Schnauzer in 2007 and 2021, earning him the nickname, “Mr. December”.

 

~ He will be truly missed by his Best Bud, Drew Armendinger, Family and many friends that loved him so much.

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In Loving Memory of Etta - July 30, 2021
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Ten years ago we adopted our sweet Etta, when she was about a year old, and last Friday, she passed away peacefully surrounded by her family.

Home simply isn’t home without her. Even with four kids running around, there is a stillness. We miss the sounds, the routine, the high-pitched bark, snuggles on the couch, and most of all, I miss my shadow. Etta was with us during our darkest of days and happiest of days, always tail wagging and right by our side. “Etta” was even the first word for all of our children.

Gosh, she was just so simply wonderful. Our hearts are shattered and we know it will take time to heal but without MSRH, we never would have had a love like this. Your organization blessed us with one incredible Schnauzer and we can’t thank you enough for giving us the opportunity to love her. 

 

 “To know her was to love her.” Samuel Rogers

~ Allison & Blake Hackler

In Loving Memory of Sparkles - July 24, 2021

Sparkles Bingham (April 1, 2005-July 24, 2021) was an amazing little ball of sunshine who brought joy to our lives every day for over 16 years. She moved to Germany with us 4 short months after she adopted us and she spent the next 13 years traveling throughout Europe having grand adventures. She did the sweetest things…like have amazing conversations with us or jump up onto the back of the couch and then sneaking over and snuggle our neck, slowly creeping down onto your lap until she’d finally fall into a deep sleep so that all 12 lbs of her was snoring louder than a drunken sailor. Wherever we were, she was…never more than 10 feet away from her people.

 

When Kandis was severely injured in 2015, Sparkles became her emotional caregiver. Everyday she laid on the bed with her snuggling her so close that she could barely move. She wanted to make sure she knew she was loved and not alone. Every human she met was an instant friend and every human who ever met her fell instantly in love. There wasn’t one day she didn’t make us thank MSRH and God for bringing her into our lives. She will be missed every day until we see her again!

 

                          ~Cris and Kandis Bingham

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In Loving Memory of Aries - July 16, 2021
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There was no greater earthly privilege than to have been loved by Aries of the past 16 years.  You were a loving soul, protector, and mischievous when you wanted to be, being true personality of a miniature schnauzer. I have missed seeing your wagging tail everyday when you greet me at the door. You were a family member, a friend, a loving soul I'll never forget.   

~ Angela Smiley

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In Loving Memory of Lilliana
October 24, 2014 - June 23, 2021

When Lilliana came into our lives it was as a foster which turned into her becoming “unadoptable”.  When she first arrived, she had what we thought was a broken leg, but an orthopedic surgeon determined the ligament in her back leg was not attached to the foot.  Surgery was performed on it, and she was walking again in a couple of months.  Then she went through heartworm treatment for two months and beat them too.  She was the happiest little dog and loved playing and running around the backyard.  We then found out, as she was passing out from time to time, that her heart was only beating at 30% of what it should, and she was put on strong meds that seemed to work, and she was back to normal. Until, that is, it was determined she also had a stage 2 heart murmur.   Not to mention that Lilliana also had two kidney stones that could not be removed.  During all of these medical issues Lilliana fought and was the perfect Schnauzer girl who became a huge part of our family.  She fought so hard and wanted to live, but she crossed the rainbow bridge after being diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure.  She slept next to me in bed, and we shared the covers.  Needless to say, I miss her every night and wish she was curled up next to me.  We did everything we could for Lilliana, but she was simply ready to end the fight and left for heaven on June 23, 2021.  We miss you, Lilliana, every day!

~ Sandra & Don Plunk

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In Loving Memory of Mickey - June 10, 2021
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Mickey came into rescue from San Antonio and had not been cared for in a long time.  We decided to foster him and he was such a sweet boy.  In September of 2017 we decided he had to become a permanent family member.  He brought so much joy to our lives.  Mickey turned 10 on March 16 and gained his angel wings on June 10, 2021.  Fly high Mickey!

 

~Karen and Mike Coleman

In Loving Memory of Sophie - June 7, 2021
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Ms Sophie, who was 3 years when she came into my life, and was my constant companion from September, 2013 through hurricanes, flooding, freezing weather, a pandemic and a move to senior living. I am completely lost without her. Thanks for rescuing her for which she in turn rescued me. Job well done.  Now she can Rest In Peace.

 

~Lea Pheeney

In Loving Memory of Sammy - May 15, 2021
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Sweet Sammy (Sam Sam) was such a special, and strong boy! He was a warrior having spent two of his five short years with me battling two different types of cancer.  He had the best temperament in the world and every person that came in contact with him at the vet would always start the conversation with how much they loved him. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body. He loved being outside, chasing squirrels and barking at bike riders.


Unfortunately, on May 15, 2021 he lost his battle with Lymphoma. I am beyond lucky to have been his momma.


~ April Helmandollar

In Loving Memory of Finnegan - May 26, 2021

We adopted Finnegan from MSRH on June 19, 2010 (the day we took him home….

formal adoption about a week later).   Unfortunately, we lost him to kidney failure on 5/26/21.  They were the best 11 years!  We miss him every day! 

 

Thanks for doing what you do. You’ll always have our love and support. 

 

~ Deidre Coker

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In Loving Memory of Matilda - May, 2021
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My beautiful Matilda -  I will never forget the moment YOU rescued ME.  Your beautiful soul and big ears that earned your nickname, “Radar”, had already captured my heart.

 

Once I adopted you, you soon became velcroed to me, following me from room to room, watching my every move. I will forever remember your paw on my shoulder or arm, telling me you needed more ear-scratching or hugs or cookies! And the way you stuck your sweet face out my rear car window with the wind blowing back all your facial hair as we made our short trips…and how you hated the thunder and found your safe place in the back corner of my closet on top of my shoes.

Having you in my life was an incredible blessing. Sadly, I said goodbye to you on May 19th after Dr. Henderson, despite such loving care and a great effort, told me you weren’t going to recover from your enlarged gall bladder, inflamed pancreas, bad liver function, and even a newfound tumor in your lungs. If I could, I would embrace you in my life all over again. Rest in Peace, beautiful Matilda, knowing you could not have been more loved or cherished.

 

A most heartfelt word of gratitude to my friend and neighbor, Marilyn Malaney, who first brought her to me and then lovingly cared for her when I was out of town occasionally. You are an angel!

~ Lynda Watson

In Loving Memory of Morgan - March 9, 2021
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We adopted Morgan Joseph in May 2008 when he was three years old.  We went to Marilyn's house to see a few of the minis and Morgan stood out from the others.  He walked up to each one of us and put his head on our lap. It was as if he already knew us. He picked us and we were so lucky that he did.  We have so many happy and funny memories of our time with him that we will always cherish.  He loved going on long walks, playing with his many toys, car rides and chasing around after the kids.  He also loved to snuggle in his favorite fleece blanket.  He was the cutest little cuddle bug.  He was also protective of us and was happiest when all of the family was home with him. We are so blessed that MSRH allowed us to give him his forever home.  Our sweet Morgan crossed the Rainbow Bridge on March 9, 2021, just two months shy of his 16th birthday.  The pain is gone and your health is restored my little furry monster.

 

We miss you so much and will always love you Morige-Boo Bear.

~ Angela Humphreys

In Loving Memory of Becca - April, 2021

Becca came into our rescue the end of March, 2017. She seemed to have had a hard life before we took her in and had several health issues. But, she was a fighter and never let them get her down for very long. MSRH made her a Forever Foster, so Sandra Plunk and Marilyn Malaney took turns fostering her during the next four years. She loved to use the doggie door and would gallop to it to go outside. If you couldn’t find her, she would be outside investigating everything she could find in the backyard.  She got along with all the other dogs and loved to just lounge in a dog bed. Becca liked to be right behind you and loved attention. She would nudge your hand letting you know it was time for you to love on her. She will definitely be missed by all who met her. She crossed the rainbow bridge on April 20, 2021.

                                   

~ Marilyn Malaney and Sandra Plunk

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In Loving Memory of Ellie - March, 2021
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Ellie passed away at 4:10 on March 25, 2021. She was running full speed into another existence that is bigger than her little body could hold back.   She sat down on our last walk and looked up at me. It was to be our last glance in this world.


~ David Issacs

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In Loving Memory of Stella - March, 2021
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Stella crossed the Rainbow Bridge on March 7th after an eight month fight against melanoma. Stella came into our lives to help us with the “training” of her younger brother, River, and she continued to teach us life lessons until the end. Throughout her battle with cancer, she was both strong and brave, and never once complained. Stella loved snuggling and howling at you for treats, but most of all, Stella loved her mama.  To know Stella was to love her.  She had a calm demeanor that put you at ease and she was most happy when she was on your lap and you were petting her. Stella loved everyone, unconditionally, and she made sure you knew it. Stella was a very special dog and she is sorely missed by her family, Mama, Daddy, River and Simba (both also MSRH alums.)

We wish that we had more, but are so blessed to have had the time we did with our little Stella. All dogs go to heaven and this one certainly earned her wings. We hope to see you again some day, sweet angel! 

~ Sherry and Doug Frenette

In Loving Memory of Lulu - February 20, 2021
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Lulu Remmert brought lots of love to our home February 2, 2013 and left us on February 20, 2021.  You are my sunshine girl forever!

~ Susan Remmert

In Loving Memory of Angie - February, 2021

We had the privilege of adopting Angie T. (the Terrible) and fostering her prior to falling in love with her and not ever wanting to give her up. We met a transport coming from San Antonio when Angie was about 6 months old and decided to foster her until we could get her to Houston. We had her spayed, worked on house training and kept falling more in love with her each day. After a couple of months we knew she was here to stay!  I honestly think Angie loved Marlee, our Golden Retriever, much more than her humans, though. She wanted nothing more than to play with Marlee whenever she was around.  But Marlee was already 7 years old when Angie came to our family, so she would just roll her eyes at us and seem to ask, “what is going on with this little thing”? She was very patient and loving with Angie and Angie could just not get enough of Marlee.

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Angie Plunk : June 21, 2008 - February 26, 2021

Angie was so very smart and very, very active. It was a huge shock to us after taking her to the vet for a cough that would not go away, to discover that she had lung cancer. We decided at her age, not to put her through chemo and radiation but to let her just live her life out. She lived seven months after being diagnosed and we were again shocked when she left us. She was at home, had just gone out to do her business, came back inside and died in my arms. Very peaceful but it broke our hearts to lose her. She took a little piece of our hearts with her when she left. We will miss you every day, Angie.

Love always,
Sandra and Don Plunk

In Loving Memory of Mac - February, 2021
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Mac, adopted from MSRH in 2012, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on February 20, 2021.  We believe he suffered a stroke on New Years Eve as a result of fireworks. This was never actually confirmed, however shortly after that evening, we saw his decline and he went downhill quickly.

He was a great dog and loved everyone he came in contact with. He was always kind and gentle and loved being in your lap.

 

~ Paul Alli

In Loving Memory of Jamie - February, 2021
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We lost my much beloved velcro, Jamie (Arlo) after a very happy 10 years with me. He was fostered with my good friend, Hanne Ozolins, as was his buddy, Dane a year later.  Adopted in April, 2011, he went from slightly staid dog to a playful, chasing, boxing and very happy dog.  Jamie loved his walks and his buddy and especially enjoyed his food.  This past January, he started eating more slowly, saw the vet and was diagnosed and treated for pancreatitis. But on x-rays, sadly, cancers were found that had no symptoms (he was always a stoic). Jamie had a great day, Feb 9th, but suddenly collapsed crying in pain, his hind legs cold with no pulse. 

I held my beloved boy in my arms one hour later as our vet released him from pain.  At 11.5 years old, he joined my other dogs and family, but we will meet again and I will see my beautiful boy's eyes once more.  I miss waking in the night to see his eyes on mine.  Dane and I and Hanne continue to grieve.

~ Jennifer Smith

In Loving Memory of Rupert - February, 2021
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Rupert came into our lives in May 2020. Despite many hardships and ailments, he was a happy boy.  He loved engaging with people and animals, exploring new places, belly rubs, eating human food, and playing with his toys.

Rupert taught us how to live.  He wanted to enjoy every moment and was a gifted communicator, never shy about expressing his happiness or desire for a diversion. His joy became ours and we quickly fell in love. It was our privilege to serve him and we loved our time together.

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Rupert - our prince, our son, our baby - we are sorry that you suffered in life and relieved that you’ve been freed from the shackles of poor health. There was no greater gift than spending quality time with you. Although you are no longer on Earth, we know that you are in a better place. Thank you for loving us and bringing us so much happiness.  You will always be our son.  May God bless you and give you peace.   We love you, Mama & Daddy.

~ Vipra & Sunith

In Loving Memory of Hemi - January, 2021
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We adopted Hemi Lance Rabo when he was 6 years old from a meet and greet held by MSRH.  He was our family’s first dog, a gift from Santa, and we couldn’t wait to find our match that day. We all immediately fell in love with Hemi’s gentle eyes and calm demeanor; he was a perfect gentleman.  He was not friendly to most others (until he built a relationship!), but was fiercely protective of his family and loved spending time with us all, especially when following his mom around the house.  He enjoyed going on long walks, traveling, and eating special dog treats; he also enjoyed visiting and playing with his grandparents and dog cousins in Mississippi. 

He loved to snuggle in his beds placed strategically around the house and took long naps in them during the day; he was also the perfect companion and work buddy during the long stay-at-home covid days. We are so blessed that MSRH allowed us to give him his forever home, even if only for 6 years.  Our darling Hemi crossed the Rainbow Bridge in January after suffering a stroke; he was only 12 years old. Our hearts still hurt for Hemi and we memorialized him with a shadow box of photos and mementos that hangs on a wall in our home. However, we recently found enough peace to adopt a new MSRH rescue, Astro, and know Hemi would be delighted to see his family giving a loving home to another good boy like him. We will always think of you, love you, and miss you, Hemi…

~ The Rabo Family

In Loving Memory of Sunny
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We adopted Sunny from MSRH in April of 2017.  He was such a friendly, easy going little guy, and he got along great with our other schnauzer, Natasha.   He brightened up our whole house with his presence. We feel so lucky to have had him and miss him dearly. 

~ Chris Carley

In Loving Memory of Mr. Cliff - December, 2020

My beautiful Mr. Cliff.  I will never forget the moment I met your kind, gentle soul.  When your glowing caramel eyes lovingly gazed into mine, my spirit knew instantly that fate had brought us together.  From a medical standpoint, your little body was so sick and the odds were clearly against you - I knew that if I adopted you, there would be so many challenges ahead.  But your beautiful soul had already captured my heart.   Once I adopted you, we became inseparable – with marathon cuddle sessions every day.  And when I took you on your daily doggie strolls, where you would sit so regally in your buggy, I couldn’t help noticing the joy and smiles you brought to all who crossed your path. 

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You were my four-legged furry Angel sent by God to touch my heart.  Your gentle, affectionate soul taught me that authentic love requires risks and courage. Despite my fears, you inspired me to take a courageous risk in adopting you; and when God decided, barely six months later, that it was time for you to transition back to the spiritual world, my devastated heart did not want to let you go.  But having you in my life and being in the midst of your beautiful presence was an incredible honor. If I could, I would embrace you in my life all over again. Love transcends all realms and my love for you will forever be eternal.  Rest in Heaven, my beautiful Mr. Cliff.

~ Ruth Goldberg

In Loving Memory of Darla - December, 2020
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We adopted Darla from MSRH in 2011 and lost her to lung cancer on December 11, 2020.  She started out sweet and submissive but it didn’t take her long to let her older brother Guapo know that there was a “new sheriff in town.”

 

She was a trooper – especially when being rescued by boat during Hurricane Harvey and making all the many moves with us while rebuilding our home.  Darla will always be in our hearts.

~  Carrie Gillespie and Richard Hinkley

In Loving Memory of Lilly Lin - December 21, 2020

We adopted our precious Lilly Lin in September of 2010. She passed December 21, 2020. She was the alpha in our family and we obeyed her to a tee.

 

We miss her terribly.  Her sister whom we adopted in 2015 still looks for her guidance.


~ Susan & Elliott Smith and Chloe Marie

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In Loving Memory of Bernie - December 19, 2020

Bernie (aka Barnie) came into my life on February 15, 2020. He was about fifteen years old and had several health issues but that did not deter me from making him a family member. He was the best valentine I have ever received.

Bernie was a happy, sweet, and silly boy who stole my heart the moment I met him. His precious expressions and playful antics made me smile and laugh every day—especially his baby goat “dancing” impression. We had the most incredible bond and I could not have been more in love with him.  

Sadly, my Bernie’s health began to decline drastically towards the end of the year. Despite his valiant efforts to push through his issues, his little body was failing him and he could no longer keep up his brave fight. With the help of his veterinarian, he peacefully crossed the Rainbow Bridge on December 19, 2020.

Every day was so special with my amazing little boy and we just did not have enough time together. There are no words that can describe how much I miss him. Run free my sweet Bernie-Boo…until we meet again…

~ Barbara Peck

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In Loving Memory of Minnie - December, 2020

Minnie was a funny, quirky, tiny little thing that completely ran the roost. She came to MSRH at about 11 years of age as part of a hoarding/ breeding case in 2018....matted, filthy, with chronic ear infections, heart worms, and a mouth full of rotten teeth which left her with irreparable heart disease.

Marilyn Malaney cared for her and loved her for two years.  She came to Dennis and I only two months ago after we lost Scooter and we couldn't help but fall in love with her.

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She claimed the largest bed in the house and crowned herself Queen, much to the dismay of the two 22-pound schnauzers already living here. She absolutely adored Corduroy and followed him around everywhere. Even though she was still a bit wary of humans, she came to enjoy being held and loved on. And she would join the others in the nightly begging for animal cracker treats, which she really loved.  She joined all of us on a grand motorhome trip through Georgia & Tennessee in November so got to experience what it was like to be included as a cherished member of a family. We loved her fiercely while she was here and, thanks to MSRH, she received the best care all the way to the end. I am sure that our Scooter boy, who came from the same hoarding situation, was there to greet her last night and show her the ropes. Rest In Peace, Minnie. Your struggle is over now. 

~ Lisa Devaney and Dennis Conley

In Loving Memory of Gretl - November, 2020
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Precious Gretl came to us from MSRH on May 10, 2013 and crossed the Rainbow Bridge on November 22, 2020.  She was truly treasured and adored and we miss her so much.

~ Maggie and Harold Dement.

In Loving Memory of Pax - November, 2020
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Pax was adopted in June, 2014 at the age of 6-1/2.  He passed in November, 2020.

 

Best dog in the universe!

~ Laurie Mcgee

In Loving Memory of Patches - October, 2020
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Patches was turned into the rescue when someone found him but they only turned him in with the agreement that he would not just be put down.  We think he was just left behind when someone moved away but his actual story is a little fuzzy.  Some at the rescue still just wanted to euthanize him because he was in such bad shape.  We agreed to take him into our home and do our best to try to get him back to health.  More than 10 months later he finally got his first applicant interested.  Almost immediately after that he took a turn for the worse and we decided to pull out of letting someone adopt him.  We still wanted him to know he was loved and that he was worth having an official last name so we adopted him.  He had a few seizures not long after that and we had to say goodbye less than 2 months after we officially adopted him.  He was kooky.  He had dementia.  After he passed, we could see that he had a tumor that was actually large enough to deform his left eye slightly.  We loved him and we feel that we did the best we could to show him love and spoil him for the time that we could.  Next month will be one year and we still miss his goofy, crazy, quirky personality.

~ Anita and Eric Hill

In Loving Memory of Honey - October, 2020
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Honey was described in an MSRH newsletter as an eight year old, quiet girl with a damaged ear and a heart murmur. That notion was quickly squashed when she entered my home.  She walked in and took over. She was the Alpha!  Louis (my other Mini) agreed and the fun began.  She found her voice and her energy. Until she passed, she was a force to be reckoned with.

 

Honey passed over the Rainbow Bridge on October 9, 2020.  Though she was only a part of my family a few years, I miss her every day and cherish her memory.

 

~ Barbara Bracy

In Loving Memory of Patterson - September, 2020
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Patterson (lovingly called Paddy by all who knew you), you filled my world with so much joy and laughter for nine years.  I selfishly wanted more time with you and had so much more love to give you, both of which you truly deserved.  You came to me in September, 2011 named Titan, which was so contrary to your timid and skittish nature.  Over time, you conquered the sounds of the scary washing machine, vacuum cleaner, and garbage truck and became more confident and at ease.


During our time together we lost Cooper, our cat, and Bailey, our Schnoodle, and then it was just you and me, kiddo.  Given the diagnosis of nasal cancer in March, 2020,  and maybe 6 months before quality of life would diminish, didn’t mean anything to you and you continued to brave on, living every day robustly.  But soon the days became difficult for us both. 

September 12, 2020, that date carved into my aching heart.  I struggled to let you go, even though the signs were there; my head said it was the right thing for you, but I knew it would never be the right thing for me.  My heart broke into a million little pieces the day I surrendered your little body and soul into the comforting arms of God.  Precious boy, it has been a privilege to take this journey with you.  Rest in peace, my sweetest angel, knowing you could not have been more loved or treasured.

~ Taunia Richey

In Loving Memory of Jett - September, 2020
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I rescued Jett from MSRH in 2015 and he crossed over Rainbow Bridge in September of 2020.

Much love and gratitude to everyone at MSRH!!

~ DeLynn Hughes

In Loving Memory of Scooter - August, 2020
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On August 31, 2020, we had to say goodbye to the silliest, sweetest, most loving little boy ... our Scooter aka Scout aka Poopie. We adopted him two years ago after he came to MSRH as part of a hoarding/breeding situation. He had spent his whole 12 years of life living in a barn with many other dogs. He was matted and filthy and had terrible teeth and chronic severe ear infections. He had to have all of his teeth pulled and it took us at least six months to get his ear infections healed, which resulted in his loss of hearing.

Each morning, Scooter would sit at the front windows and could spot a person/dog/bike/motorcycle a quarter of a mile away and would bark his head off at this imagined threat. In the evenings, he would sit in the comfort of one of his many doggy beds and stare out the back windows at us, waiting for his evening treats. As soon as he would see one of us get up, he would run to the kitchen to wait for his treats.  He loved  everyone that came through our doors, especially the grandkids.....and everyone loved him. He was charming and funny and had so much personality. He will be forever loved and missed.

 

~ Lisa Devaney and Dennis Conley

In Loving Memory of Molly - August, 2020

We had to say goodbye to our Molly on Aug. 17, 2020. We hit the jackpot when we adopted her six years ago from MSRH. I wanted to name her Happy. She was the happiest dog I have ever seen. Molly did not just wag her tail; she wiggled her whole body. Despite her friendliness to all other pets and people, she was always a determined squirrel hunter. She gave us tremendous joy and she will be missed immensely. A special thank you to Marilyn Malaney, who we call her fairy godmother, for finding us such an amazingly special little doggie.

~ Melissa Phillip

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In Loving Memory of Lil Bit - August, 2020

We adopted Lil Bit from MSRH in July, 2016 and she brought so much love and joy into our lives.  She was only 5 pounds but did not let that deter her. Whenever we had a foster, she let them know who was boss!  We also had a 14-year old schnauzer, Talli, who was almost deaf and Lil Bit became her ears. They  bonded, followed each other around and slept together. When we decided to take a road trip from Texas to Maine, it was a given that the "girls" would go with us. Lil Bit took it all in stride and was a great comfort to Talli. Everywhere we stopped, people were in awe of her size thinking she was a puppy. Even big tattooed men would talk baby talk to her! She loved to sit and take in her surroundings, like here on the rocky Atlantic coast at Pemaquid lighthouse in Maine.  For a little girl, she sure has left a very big hole in our hearts!

~ Bob & Brenda Kennedy 

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In Loving Memory of Libby - July, 2020
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Our precious Libby passed on July 30, 2020.  She and her best friend Kricket were adopted together from MSRH in 2014.  She was a kind, loving, and gentle spirit.  Libby loved her walks around the neighborhood with Kricket, and she loved to make her “perimeter searches” in her back yard.  When liver and gall bladder disease threatened to take her in 2017, she fought hard and with the help of Dr. Savannah Craig of Bay Area Veterinary Specialists she rebounded and gave us three more years of her love and affection.  We love you and miss you, Libby, and we’ll meet you at the Rainbow Bridge.

~ Don & Dana Webb

In Loving Memory of Zoey - July, 2020
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Zoey was such a special girl and a loving member of our family.  She loved long walks, playing with her brother Banjo, and barking at the neighbor's dogs.  When she got tired, she loved to lay in the grass and soak up the sun.  That's why I always called her my little sunshine girl!

 

She lived the very best life with her favorite wookiee toy by her side.  She always gave unconditional love and enjoyed being cuddled like a baby.  She will be remembered forever and missed forever.

 

Zoey was born in November 2007 and adopted from MSRH in October 2008 when she was known as Shizara.  She passed in my arms in July 2020.

~ Janice Brown

In Loving Memory of Winston - July, 2020

My wife and I were blessed to spend five and a half years with Winston as a part of our family. He was always glad to see us, looking to play fetch or excited for an outing in the car or at the park. He often vacationed with us, enjoying the car rides on the way. We will miss the little guy and are thankful that MSRH matched us up in 2015. Thank you!

~ Payton Giacomarro

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In Loving Memory of Barkley - July, 2020
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We sadly lost our little Barkley on July 9, 2020.   He was born on January 23, 2006, and came to live with us when he was 6 months old.   We adopted him from MSRH in July 2006, which is when I first met Karen Coleman.  Barkley  loved to play fetch with a tennis ball and would chase it as long as I was willing to throw it.  In this photo, we had just come inside after a fetch session.  He loved his older sister, Sophie, also a Schnauzer, and he never really got over her death in 2018.  Years ago, we were walking them along the sidewalk in our neighborhood when a big dog came out of nowhere.  He attacked Sophie, and Barkley squirmed out of his harness to defend her against this dog that was twice his size. That's when we remembered:  It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.  The fight in him was huge.  He was fearless about defending those he loved.  He loved us, and we loved him.  We miss him so much.

~ Linda & James Love

In Loving Memory of Pepper - May, 2020
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We lost our Pepper on May 7th due to a major stroke.  She was doing what she loved best ... going for a walk. We rescued Pepper in 2012, and in return she rescued right back, and that was so like her.  She had the best of temperaments and will be missed dearly by all who had the pleasure of meeting her.

~ Rick, Cathy & Ricky

In Loving Memory of Olive - April, 2020

We had lost our Schnauzer, Reba, when we found MSRH and were very fortunate to be able to adopt Olive. When we first met her in the foster parent’s home, Olive was initially shy but warmed up to us quickly. We suspect she had been a puppy mill dog and had not had a good life prior to being rescued. But she made the most out of our love for her and returned every bit of it and then some.

 

We called her Olive the Palmolive because that was the only word we could come up with that rhymed with Olive. We were fortunate to enjoy 10 years with her.  She was an absolute joy and wanted to love on any visitors we had. But she hated squirrels (of which we have many) and would stalk them before they disappeared up a tree. She was the MSRH calendar girl twice.

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About 1½ years ago, we were told she had 3-6 months to live. But we took care of her and she took care of us and we got to enjoy her for an extra year. We later adopted a Cavapoo but Olive was the alpha dog in our house and refused to give that up even when she got sick. We planted an Olive tree and had a stone made to remind us of her. We miss her greatly.


~ Linda & Mike Garrett   

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In Loving Memory of Silver - March, 2020
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We adopted Silver from MSRH on December 22, 2009, just in time for Christmas. He was about 18 months old and full of beans!  He ran around the house at warp speed!  We called it his turbo mode!

I used to chase him to keep him going.  He got three mile-and-a-half walks a day, most of the time, and also got lots of exercise following his mom all over the house.  The area kids loved him as did the adults, and in fact he became the Neighborhood Goodwill Ambassador!

Silver took being our guard dog very seriously.  He looked out the front window, told us about everyone who passed by and was especially excited when it was the mail carrier!  He also protected us personally.  When one of us left the house, he would sit near the door waiting. Upon our return, he'd run up to us, then go charging back and forth in his excitement to see us again.  He was a sweet, loving companion and lots of fun.  We miss him very much!

~ Page and John Keller

His urn plaque says:

Silver 5-6-08 to 3-16-20
Devoted companion & guard
Sweet dog beloved by many

In Loving Memory of Trevor - February, 2020
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Trevor was a regular little 'Dennis the Menace', always getting himself in a pickle. If he knew you wanted him to do something, he would do the opposite.  If he escaped out of his yard, you'd better be an Olympic runner because he was.  But when I looked into that little face, all was forgiven and I would melt into a puddle.  He passed on Valentine's Day and I really miss him!

~ Lee Blasingame

In Loving Memory of Oscar - February, 2020
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In 2010, we were lucky enough to adopt Oscar from MSRH. We saw his puppy picture and instantly fell in love. Shy at first, he turned out to be the best boy there ever was.  My smile on a hard day, the welcoming voice coming home, my little shadow. He taught me to live in the moment, how to enjoy a good meal and just let the wind run through your fur.  Every day he brought us joy, every single day without a doubt he made us smile.


His best friend was Magnum, our mini schnauzer, who sadly passed away from cancer just three days after we lost Oscar. We can only hope they are running and playing together.  On February 10, 2020 Oscar suddenly passed away from heart failure and we miss him immensely. The house is just not the same without him. Run free, Oscar, we will love you forever.


~ Louise and John Hunt

In Loving Memory of Gracie Lou - February, 2020
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My late husband, Jim, and I had lost our first mini schnauzer, the beloved Tootsie, in early 2015. She had been his faithful sidekick since his retirement, so he really missed her. In May, we adopted Gracie Lou from MSRH and she quickly picked up where Tootsie had left off! She kept Jim company, sitting beside him or under his desk, while I was at work. When his health deteriorated and he went into hospice care, Gracie lay at the foot of his bed for hours on end, comforting him even then. She was a true lovebug and source of constant joy.

~ Barbara Bamberg

In Loving Memory of Onyx - January, 2020
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We brought Onyx into rescue from the Houston Humane Society in July, 2015.  She was 7.5 years old but in very poor health -- infections in both ears, her mouth a mess with bad teeth and infection, kidney stones in both kidneys, a bladder infection (MRSA), and heart worm positive.  We almost lost her the first two weeks we had her, but with the help of specialists and her human angels, she got through all of that.  It took a year to get her healthy.  Onyx was adopted into the Coleman home July, 2016 and was a true blessing! She had a good 4.5 years and kidney failure finally took her on January 4, 2020.

 

~ Karen & Mike Coleman  

In Loving Memory of Mollie Cherie - January, 2020

Two years ago we were fortunate to be offered the opportunity to adopt a mated pair, Mollie and Annie from MSRH.  Mollie Cherie or as we liked to call her, “Mollie Belly” because she would roll over as you approached and offer you her sweet belly to rub, was the sweetest dog we have ever had the opportunity to love.  Although she was only with us a short time, we fell deeply in love and feel her loss deeply.

 

Three months after seeing a few different vets and specialists, we were told that Mollie had bladder cancer. Unfortunately the cancer progressed much faster than any of us would have liked. Her “sister” who had been with her for over 10 years and her “brother” for only two years are also having a very difficult time without her. Thank you to MSRH for taking her in and letting us spoil her. We only wish we could have done so for much longer. Mollie will always hold a special place in our hearts.

 

~ Patrick & Kelly Goldwait

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In Loving Memory of Hannah Kay - January, 2020
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Hannah crossed the Rainbow Bridge on January 8.  An x-ray taken last August indicated a tumor in her lungs and she was seen by Blue Pearl vet hospital in San Antonio for a CT scan and possible surgery. Unfortunately, the tumor had metastasized and no surgery could be done. At the beginning of the new year, Hannah started having petite mal seizures and her vet, Dr. Alan Garett, felt the cancer had spread to her brain. In spite of all this, Hannah was still doing quite well until the 7th when she quit eating and her respirations were 70 per minute.

With much sadness, we said goodbye to Hannah Kay, AKA Hannah Banana and Momma’s Baby Girl. We adopted her from MSRH at the age of 10. She LOVED playing fetch and would chase a ball for as long as you would throw it. She was such a blessing to us and will be sorely missed! She never met a dog OR a human, big or small, that she didn’t love. Rest easy, my girl, until I see you on the other side. 

~ Lisa Devaney

In Loving Memory of Lexi - September, 2019

Our sweet Lexi girl who we adopted from MSRH on Sept. 6, 2015 passed away on Sept. 18, 2019.  Lexi was a Schnauzer poodle mix and 6-7 months old when we adopted her. She brought us great joy, laughter and love. We enjoyed taking Lexi on many RV trips and even to Canada.

Lexi was diagnosed with Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA) in May 2019 and responded well to a transfusion and prednisone and enjoyed being her energetic and fun self until a relapse on Sept 12, 2019.  She had more transfusions but her little body destroyed her red blood cells too fast. She had amazing, caring medical teams headed by Dr. Sharon Theisen at Central Texas Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital in Round Rock, Block House Creek Animal Hospital in Cedar Park, Animal Care Center in San Marcos and Dr. Paula Baker in Port Aransas.

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Lexi fought an incredible fight against AIHA and she is now chasing squirrels at the Rainbow Bridge.  We love our sweet Lexi and miss her every day.  She will always be our baby girl and definitely left paw prints on our hearts. We are heartbroken & so sad!

~  Kay Wolking Bratton 
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In Loving Memory of Abby - September, 2019
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Abby was born December 12, 2006 along with her brother Darwin. I adopted the two together from MSRH. Darwin passed from liver cancer early on and Abby was found to have a heart murmur. I made sure Abby was not stressed on walks when it was warm outside for the sake of her heart.  When I took her in, my vet seemed ok with her condition.  Abby began to lose her health when she began to have labored breathing presumably caused by the murmur. She then had stomach problems and refused to eat, ending in a seizure.

Abby loved me very much and only I got licks on the fingers or face from her. I gave her the best care possible and watched to make sure she stayed out of trouble in the back yard.  She always lay near me when I was on the computer and was with me on the sofa when watching TV.  Abby always made sure I knew it was supper time at 3 pm. She was such a sweet baby! I loved them all but she was the wild one that brought them together, sometimes playing like puppies with Hunter.  She will be missed so very much. Now Abby and Darwin are together on the other side of the mini schnauzer rainbow bridge together again and waiting patiently for me.

 

~ Derk Blankinship

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In Loving Memory of Rigby - August, 2019
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It’s been a fun journey since we adopted you in April of 2013. Ms. Marilyn was fostering you when we decided to help out until you were adopted.  Although you got along with your new mom and her dog, you needed a little more attention so we decided you were meant to be a Darbonne all along.


We never looked back … just forward to making you happy! It’s been nine fun years with you Roo!  In February this year you had a bad limp and the vet at the Sulpur Animal Clinic gave us the awful news of osteosarcoma of the right rear leg. Dr. Tom Dayton of Houston Veterinary Clinic did a fabulous job of the amputation and started your chemo treatments every three weeks starting in May.  After your 4th treatment though, we felt something wasn’t right and the vet sadly confirmed it.

We are saying goodnight Little Roo Roo, not goodbye!  Tell Lil’ Girl, Sidney and Little Lady hello from mom and dad. Like MawMaw Nona would say, “We LOVE you too much”!


~ Lenny & Becky Darbonne

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In Loving Memory of Zoey - August, 2019

I adopted my girl from y’all in 2012 when she was 4 years old. She came with the name Zula but I ended up changing it to Zoey. She was super hesitant about people, but I was determined to show her not all of them are bad. I thankfully succeeded and she ended up loving everyone around us.

 

I was just a freshman in college but was still approved for her. I can’t even begin to say how grateful I am that I got the chance to be her mommy. She was my little canine soul mate 100%. Everyone who met her said she was the perfect match for me. She went through a lot with me and I miss her so much. I lost her to chronic illness Saturday, August 3rd, 2019. I was with her until the very end.

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I will forever miss the little click of claws following right behind me everywhere I went, the way she pitched a fit anytime I wasn’t petting her and I should have been according to her, her loud howls when someone walked in the door and “forgot” to say hello to her first, and the fact that literally every blanket that came into her site - new or old - she got to try first because she loved blankets that much. Thank you for everything this rescue does. One day I’m hoping to find another schnauzer that I can show love to and prove that not all humans are bad.

 

~ Katie Tatum (Brock) 

In Loving Memory of Xada - July, 2019
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Our dear Xada “Piddle Dog” passed away July 30, 2019 at the age of 14 years and 27 days.  She developed congestive heart failure and was being treated with medications.  However, her little heart had just had enough and it was time to take flight.  In her final days, one could tell she was growing impatient with herself in that she couldn’t do things the way she wanted to.  When we arrived at the ER, my wife, Shila, held her in a blanket and Xada just laid her head against Shila’s chest and closed her eyes.  She was ready for the next adventure.


We adopted Xada In October, 2009 while she was being fostered by Herb Hays. We were able to enjoy Xada’s unconditional love and loyalty for almost 10 years, and the joy and love she brought into our home is immeasurable.  She loved to romp and zoom and protected us all by barking at passers by in the greenbelt behind our house.

She formed a somewhat aloof bond with her step-sister, Haley and, although she rarely played with them, she told Haley in no uncertain terms that the basket full of toys was HERS….Haley never even sniffed them again.  She slept in the bed with us from day one and we loved having her there. 

We envision Xada with a little pack of other Piddle Dogs sniffing the wind and zooming as they please.  We love you Piddle Dog and you will be sorely missed.  We’d like to thank everyone at MSRH for all the hard work they perform for this breed.

 

~ Ronnie and Shila Mahle

Pearland, TX

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In Loving Memory of Kimmie Sue  July, 2019
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Kimmie Sue came into our MSRH rescue in January, 2008 and became our foster.  We adopted her after her treatment in June of 2009.  She passed at the age of 15 yrs. in July, 2019.

~ Karen Coleman

In Loving Memory of Harry -  April, 2019

Our beloved Harry passed away on April 26th at the age of 14 years.  He had developed a leaky heart valve and was on meds but up to his last day, we were amazed at how much energy he had for an older guy.  He was the pack's leader to the end. He passed in his sleep that night, picking the quiet time to go see what was next for him. 


We adopted Harry through MSRH in December, 2008. The past 11 years spent with him were fabulous ones and he was every bit a part of our family as any of us.  Harry loved to go on walks with us at night and bark at the squirrels ... and neighbors ... and the moon.  He was constantly getting after his pack mate Nikki who had a habit of trying to steal love from us, love that Harry believed was his.  We called him the little general. 

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Harry is running somewhere in some field today.  His heart isn't leaking, his cough is gone and I'm sure he is still in charge of everything and everyone around him.  We like to think he looks down on us every once in a while.

 

To everyone at MSRH, you all did good work.  For Harry of course, but also for Angus, and Ella, and for me, especially for me. Thanks for all you do! Here's to Harry!

~ Greg McFarlane

In Loving Memory of Little Lady - February, 2019
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This amazing little girl rescued me on January 21, 2006, just two days after we had to say good bye to our first schnauzer, Lil’ Girl of 16 years.  Dr. Craig Courville, your awesome vet, thought you were about 4 years old and you were well loved and taken care of by him and his fabulous staff, and of course God Almighty.


Seventeen years is a long time for a little 10 lb. Schnauzer furbaby to live but it still wasn’t long enough!  Always the prim and proper little girl that was attached at the hip to her mama. LOL! I’ll never forget
your first of many trips to Canton Trade Days where I had to purchase a papoosa so you could hang from me while we walked the grounds shopping. You were always near, whether I was working in the flower beds or daddy was taking you along to complete our new LC home, from Saturday night visits to Mawmaw and Pawpaw's house to the annual visits to the Christmas tree farm!  You literally went everywhere with us except the church house. LOL!

You will be missed dearly by your family and your rambunctious furbrothers Rigby, Winston and KeKe. You never got to meet your precious sister Lil’ Girl but she’ll be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge along with your brother Sidney, sister Nonnie and sister Callie.

Enjoy the beauty that He has created for those of us that await that land of beauty until we see you again.  We'll LOVE you forever, sweet darling! Until we meet again ...

 

~ Lenny & Becky Darbonne
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In Loving Memory of Riley - January, 2019
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Riley came into our hearts and home on May 30, 2009.  When we adopted him his name was Ricky, and we renamed him Riley to honor my mother’s family name.  We could not have asked for a better dog.  He had character, charm, humor, and was always ready to greet you with a wagging nobber, and a glint in his eyes.  He loved to ‘hunt’ and chase anything that would run from him.  And some of those varmints he caught and destroyed in quick order.  He loved to go on the boat with us, and was a great traveller on the road.  We could take him anywhere, let him out and he would stay within a close distance to us, with never a hint of exploring without us.  He loved walking through the woods and we tried to do that nearly everyday.

 

He was my best friend, my shadow, my protector and I miss him very much.  Riley crossed the rainbow bridge on January 18, 2019 after a short battle with prostate cancer that quickly moved through his body. He was a brave boy right to the end.  We love you Riley, you were the best.

 ~ Trish Pannell and Ron Griffin

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In Loving Memory of Noni
January, 2019

We adopted Noni in July, 2010 when she was 7-1/2 years old.  She passed in January, 2019

~  Karen Coleman 

In Loving Memory of Gretchen - 2018
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We adopted our sweet girl from MSRH in March of 2012 and loved her dearly.  She was such a joy to us.  Gentle, quiet, yet playful and entertaining.  She loved going for walks and riding in the car or going in the boat or the trailer. She lived the life that she deserved after living in a puppy mill for 7 years.  Ultimately, we lost her to kidney disease and SARDS (sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome).

 

I miss her every day and we are finally ready to adopt again to once again experience Schnauzer joy.

 

~ Jim and Kathy Rogers

In Loving Memory of Houston - December, 2018

I adopted Houston from MSRH in April, 2015.  I knew what her name was going to be before I even adopted her.  I had a license plate engraved and mounted on my truck, with her name, “Houston” and the  silhouette of a schnauzer on it, and drove all the way from Michigan to Houston to adopt her.

 

Houston fit right in with my other two schnauzers, Cookie and Suellen.  For the short time we had her, Houston filled our life with love and joy.  She had a personality that lit up the room.  Houston lives on in our hearts forever. 

~ Judith Butcher

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In Loving Memory of Sweet KC - December, 2018
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KC crossed the Rainbow Bridge today, December 31, 2018. He had CHF & had been under treatment for several years. His passing was still unexpected this morning.

 

He was a lover with beautiful brown eyes, always smiling while wagging his nobber. He loved to survey his surroundings and would sit regally on the patio looking for any encroaching threat. He was deeply loved & will be missed immensely. Thank you for allowing me to adopt him. He was always a gentleman.

 

 ~ Amy Wheat  
Wichita Falls 

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In Loving Memory of Brooks - December, 2018
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Brooks came to our home 6 years ago at the age of 4 from MSRH rescue. He could not have been more than the sweetest and most tender hearted dog that we’ve ever had. At first he was so sensitive to any sounds such as opening a can of soda pop. Even to this day he was super sensitive to digital sounds. He had been kenneled the first four years of his life by his previous owner and he knew no other life than that. We loved him for his sweetness. He didn’t like the squeaky in his toys as it easily scared him, but he loved his toys and would carry each one outside with him.  Today, December 31, 2018, we had to say goodbye to our beloved and very sweet Brooks. He will be missed so much! 

~ Chaviva McEntire

Psalms 84:11 "For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly."

In Loving Memory of Pia - October, 2018
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A part of my left arm is missing.  My beloved Pia crossed the rainbow bridge on October 30, 2018.  She was my joy, my life, my reason for contentment,  my shadow.  I fostered Pia and fell in love with her, adopting her in  December, 2014.  She was my “snuggle buddy.”  When I slept, her little butt was up on my back; when I was on the computer, she was in my lap; when I was eating, she was sitting on the floor beside me; and when I was watching TV or sitting reading in my big chair, she was on my left side, if not in my lap.

 

She was the neighborhood “Welcome Lady.”  She would get out of the fence and go visit the neighbors who would give her treats and put a note on my door stating she was visiting until I got home.  In other words she was a very personable “baby.”  She was the neighborhood visitor until the fence was finally fixed with boards in the ground so she couldn’t dig out.  She had kidney disease and I had her longer than I thought I would, but it still wasn’t long enough.  I miss her terribly and know I will continue to miss her.  I also know my other schnauzers that have already crossed the Rainbow Bridge (Heather, Hydee, and Charla) will take good care of her until I can be with them all. Don’t fail to adopt a Schnauzer -- the loss is painful, but the joy is worth it all!

~ Charlene

In Loving Memory of Beau - October 2018
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Beau was adopted from MSRH in July of 2014.  He spent almost two and half years in Lubbock, Texas before moving to South Bend, Indiana.  Beau was a great little dog, and he was a friend to everyone he came into contact with.  He was a joy to have in my life.  He will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.

~ Ryan Kaspitzke

In Loving Memory of Lady - September, 2018

Our sweet Lady crossed the Rainbow Bridge last night, September 8, around 10:30. Although she seemed to be doing okay as far as the symptoms from her congestive heart failure goes, she had definitely become more frail over the last couple of weeks.

Last night, I was going back through some of the things I had written about her when I first got her and I described her as “the sweetest little cherub of a dog I had ever met.” And she was, to her core, sweet! 

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She loved people and other dogs and was such a great ambassador for MSRH when I took her to the vet clinic for her checkups. Everyone wanted to pet her and hear her story of going from a shelter to being rescued by MSRH and then coming to live with us. We had a year and seven months to love her and will always be vey grateful for that. We couldn’t have loved her more! 

~ Lisa Devaney

In Loving Memory of Perry - August 2018
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Perry was my companion from March of 2007 til August 6, 2018. He was one of the sweetest boys and was very friendly with humans and other pets.

 

Run free with Noele, Lucas and Simon my sweet boy. Until we meet again.

Love,

Marilyn Malaney

In Loving Memory of Sidney Darbonne - August 2018
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My name was Sidney.  I thought I was loved by the folks that cared for me but I figured out that they either grew tired of me or maybe I was sickly or too costly or maybe I got lost.  I didn't like to think they dumped me to get rid of me.  One day a kind lady (Ms. Marilyn) found me and took me in but she had others to care for so she found me a new couple to live with.

 

So, I moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana in May 2010 as a foster.  I believe I finally found someone to love and care for me and in July 2010 they adopted me.  I think mom said it's called a "Foster Failure"  LOL!!   They treated me as I had always been theirs.  As I grew old I got sickly and developed cancer.  No one has ever been as kind and loving as Becky and Lenny have been to me. Until we meet again Mom and Dad!  P.S.  Tell Maw Maw Nona that she was my favorite too!!

Love Always,

Sid

In Loving Memory of Casey Phillip - August 2018
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After our beautiful Casey died suddenly on August 8, 2018, we received many comments about how lucky she was to have found us. However, we were the lucky ones. For the entire seven months that she was with us, this smart loving dog gave us nonstop enjoyment.

We called her the dancing dog. Whether it was a greeting at the door, going to the dog park, preparing to eat or just getting up in the morning, Casey would be dancing with all four feet and wiggling her whole body with excitement. She was super friendly and was instantly best buddies with our other dogs, Molly & Penny, who were also adopted from MSRH.  When we adopted Casey, she had already been diagnosed with liver and kidney cancer. We knew her time with us was limited. Fortunately, she was always happy and active.

We are thankful to the numerous folks at MSRH, who always go above and beyond to give dogs like Casey the opportunity for a wonderful life. Although it was much too short, we are grateful for the time we had with Casey. She will be missed enormously.

 

~ Melissa & David Phillip

In Loving Memory of Brooke
July 2018
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In Loving Memory of Eddie Bauer
July 2018
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In Loving Memory of George Dell Rath - May 2018
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It’s been 2 months since my sweet Georgie crossed the Rainbow Bridge after a year of courageously fighting acute & chronic pancreatitis, diabetes & rapid onset blindness at age 12 years, 11 months -- he would have been 13 on July 4th.

 

I adopted Georgie at 2 years of age from Mini Schnauzer Rescue/Houston in 2007 – and he rescued me!  He was sent to MSRH as “Jack” – but didn’t like that name, and he chose “George!”  He was “Mr. September” in the 2007 MSRH calendar that year!  He was such a great little dog—very protective, SMART(!), and loved by all, and always so very brave, especially this last year with so many vet visits, lots of meds and insulin twice a day. I miss him so very much!  Rest well, my sweet boy.

~ Linda Rath

In Loving Memory of Clover - June 2018

We lost Clover the morning of June 27, 2018.  I adopted her from MSRH in March of 2016 (she was known as Marilyn or Marlee).  Clover slipped peacefully away in her sleep; she had congestive heart failure.  I am absolutely devastated, but so thankful it worked out this way.  Her one little front leg that she had left was so arthritic, and the thought of putting an IV in it broke my heart.  But we didn’t have to go that route.  Clover must have had an awful life before MSRH stepped in.  She was a very happy girl those last 2-1/2 years though.  So happy, she was such a loving part of our family.  Here’s a picture of her on a cold winter day last year.  I will always treasure her!

 

~ Cheryl Moore

In Loving Memory of Elliott - June 2018

We adopted Elliott October 29, 2016.  He is our second mini we have adopted from MSRH.  He passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, from renal failure.  He was already in a fairly advanced stage of renal failure when we adopted him, but that didn't sway us from taking him into our home.

 

Elliott was a very sweet boy, who loved to be outside whenever you were, and especially loved to play with our neighbor's dog.  He had quirky ears -- those that only a mother could love!  We didn't get to have him in our lives for very long, but he made a huge impact on our hearts, and we will always miss him.

~ Jo Downing

In Loving Memory of Maggie - April 2018